Our students may be away for the summer, but we’re still tallying all the good deeds they accomplished this past semester. Community Service is an important part of life here at Endicott, and our Gulls never fail to make us proud with the variety of activities and sheer numbers of volunteered hours they donate.
In total, Endicott students, faculty, and staff contributed over 19,000 hours of Community Service at non-profits locally, nationally and internationally. 1,376 students and 77 staff/faculty volunteered their time to many local organizations such as the Open Door Food Pantry, North East ARC, Beverly Bootstraps and the Girdler House.
Students worked to raise money for two Alternative Break programs. During the winter break Endicott College partnered with Connect-123 to provide 16 students and two staff chaperones the opportunity to volunteer and share their passion and enthusiasm with children at three different hospitals and orphanage sites in Cape Town, South Africa. Spring Break once again joined forces with Habitat for Humanity and saw 24 students and two staff spend their vacation hammering, plastering and roofing among other tasks, to provide affordable housing for families in Laredo, Texas. We also had two students do volunteer work on their own over their respective breaks. One volunteered with International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) in India over her winter break while the other volunteered with Ho Hoe Women’s Clinic in Ghana on a service trip with Cross-Cultural Solutions during her spring break.
Due in part to several of our athletic teams, Endicott saw its largest contingency ever participate in the North Shore Community Development Coalition (NSCDC) Annual Polar Plunge. The fundraiser brought in more than $40,000, which will directly serve homeless and low-income families of Beverly and Salem with shelter and quality, affordable housing through NSCDC and the River House.
To round out the year, over 350 students and staff participated in this year’s Relay for Life and together they raised $36,000 for the American Cancer Society.
2012 Endicott College Cleanse
Endicott conducted a program called “Endicott College Cleanse” as part of the residence hall move-out process. Students were encouraged to donate food and material items to local nonprofits. The program name was developed through a service learning project in one of Professor Sara Allen’s communication courses. The Residence Life office promoted and assisted with the program. Physical Plant’s recycling team coordinated the collection of goods. The Community Service office identified several new recipient organizations this year and coordinated the dissemination and delivery of goods.
Donated to Beverly Bootstraps – Beverly MA
- 25 bags of clothing and footwear
- 611 lbs. of food
- 6 boxes of miscellaneous items
- 17 household items (lamps, mirrors, etc.)
- 3 pieces of furniture
Donated to Cradles to Crayons – Boston, MA
- 7 bags of clothing
Donated to Girls Inc. – Lynn, MA
- 4 boxes (72 ct.) sample feminine products
Donated to Harborlight Community Partners – Beverly, MA
- 7 boxes of books
Donated to River House – Beverly, MA
- 3 bags of clothing
- 200 lbs. of food
- 3 boxes of miscellaneous items
- 15 household items (carpets, mirrors, fans, etc.)
Donated to Welch Elementary School – Peabody, MA
- 2 boxes of art and school supplies